React-Native unnecessary Android user permissions automatically added on build?-ThrowExceptions

Exception or error:

It seems like Read/Write external storage and Read phone state permissions are automatically added to the manifest on building the android apk. Are these necessary for all React Native android apps? Is there any way to remove these permissions?

Looking at the build/output/logs/manifest-merger-debug-report.txt I see:

IMPLIED from `/***/android/app/src/main/AndroidManifest.xml:1:1-22:12 reason: org.webkit.android_jsc` requested WRITE_EXTERNAL_STORAGE

It feels weird that I’ll see these permissions being requested if I install the app from the Play store if I’m not using them.

How to solve:

I have an answer.


Add this to manifest which should be line 1


It should look like this

<manifest xmlns:android="" 
      package="YOUR PACKAGE NAME">

Now you can remove the permissions with this

<uses-permission android:name="android.permission.WRITE_EXTERNAL_STORAGE" tools:node="remove" />

So my permissions for a simple app are

<uses-permission android:name="android.permission.INTERNET" />
<uses-permission android:name="android.permission.READ_EXTERNAL_STORAGE" tools:node="remove" />
<uses-permission android:name="android.permission.WRITE_EXTERNAL_STORAGE" tools:node="remove" />

Don’t remove SYSTEM.ALERT.WINDOW, you will have problems in development.

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